Maphatsoe calls for Dlamini-Zuma to be 'used effectively'

Kebby Maphatsoe says Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has experience that must not be wasted.

FILE: African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The head of the African National Congress (ANC)'s MK-Military Veterans Association Kebby Maphatsoe says his organisation believes current African Union commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma must be used effectively when she returns to South Africa.

The comment has led to speculation that the association is going to campaign for Dlamini-Zuma to take over from President Jacob Zuma as the ruling party's leader in 2017.

Last week, the ANC's national executive committee said members of the party should not be discussing succession yet amid claims that a group of premiers is campaigning for Dlamini-Zuma and against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Maphatsoe says Dlamini-Zuma has experience that must not be wasted.

"We need to sit down as the ANC, as government and see how we can effectively deploy this calibre of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma."